Covid Eyes – Razan

watercolour portrait of Razan by Eoin Mac Lochlainn for Covid Eyes art project

These are the eyes of Razan al-Najjar, a 21 year old nurse/paramedic, the eldest of six children born to Ashraf al-Najjar.

A frontline worker, brave and dedicated, she lost her life as she tried to save others.

According to witness testimony, she was shot by a sniper when she and some other medics, walking with their hands up and wearing white vests, approached a wounded protester.

In a subsequent investigation, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights found that she was clearly marked as a paramedic and that she “did not pose an imminent threat” when she was shot. The report concluded that there was “reasonable grounds” to believe that the snipers intentionally shot health workers, despite seeing that they were clearly marked as such.

Something is rotten in a society that allows this barbarism to continue unsanctioned.

Covid Eyes Online Project

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